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Monday, June 20, 2011

My Moringa Tree


This is my Moringa tree in front of my house. I used to take its leaves whenever I ran out of vegetables to cook for my family. Little did I know that this plant has numerous medicinal value. Moringa leaves are pack with nutrients; vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, potassium and protein.
Moringa leaves just plucked from the garden.
Nutritional Information
One half cup of cooked leaves will meet your daily recommendation for Vitamins A and C.
One half cup of pods (raw) will supply your Vitamin C requirement for a day.
One ounce of raw leaves contains the recommended daily amount of Vitamin C.
Ounce per ounce it contains 6 to 7 times the amount of Vitamin C in orange juice.
Moringa leaves contain 3 to 5 times more beta-carotene than carrots.
3 oz of moringa powder contains more than 10 times the recommended daily amount of Vitamin E.
Ounce per ounce Moringa leaves contain over 3 times the iron as found in spinach or roast beef.
Moringa leaves contain 3 times the amount of potassium as bananas.
Ounce per ounce Moringa leaves contain 4 times the amount of calcium found in milk.
I simply saute my moringa leaves with garlic, a bit of salt and anchovies stock.
Our simple dish packed with nutrients!
Moringa leaves compared to common foods
Values per 100gm. edible portion

Nutrient

         Moringa Leaves

          Other Foods

Vitamin A           6780 mcg          Carrots: 1890 mcg
Vitamin C              220 mg            Oranges: 30 mg
Calcium              440 mg          Cow's milk: 120 mg
Potassium              259 mg          Bananas: 88 mg
Protein               6.7 gm          Cow's milk: 3.2 gm

from Nutritive Value of Indian Foods,
by C. Gopalan, et al.

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